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Footwear for Shin Pain

Best Running Shoes For Shin Splints

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Posted 6 months ago


Last updated: 03/12/2022


by James McCormack

James McCormack is a Physical Therapist who specialises in foot & ankle injuries. james-mccormack.com participates in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.

Shin Splints are a painful condition that affects the inner aspect of the lower 1/3 of the shin bone. It is aggravated by impact activities such as running, but some primary causes include worn out or inappropriate footwear. This article will recommend the best running shoes for your Shin Splints.

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Shin Splints Diagram

Best Running Shoes for Shin Splints

The best running shoes for Shin Splints have a stable and supportive midsole with reactive cushioning. A stable and supportive midsole helps control the foot’s pronation moments through the gait cycle, which is a primary cause of Shin Splints. It is essential that the cushioning is not too soft as the foot will sink under bodyweight and facilitate excess movement that can aggravate symptoms, so reactive cushioning works best as it absorbs the ground reaction force from running while providing an element of stability.

Best Running Shoes for Mild Shin Splints

We recommend the Asics GT-1000 for mild symptoms of Shin Splints. Their gel cushion absorbs the impact from running to protect your shin bone.

There is mild arch support which helps reduce the foot’s pronation moment when running.

Their Flytefoam technology makes them much lighter than traditional support running shoes.

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Best Running Shoes for Moderate Shin Splints

We recommend the Brooks Glycerine GTS for moderate levels of Shin Splints pain when running.

The Glycerine is their most supportive trainer with additional cushioning and a rigid midsole to protect the shin from ground force reaction and control the foot when running.

While having plenty of cushioning, they have a responsive sole so that your foot doesn’t sink into the sole on impact, and they don’t feel too clunky.

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Best Running Shoes for Severe Shin Splints

The HOKA Arahi is our all-around favourite running shoe for severe Shin Splints.

It has the ultimate amount of cushioning, its J-Midsole provides additional support to control the foot, and they have a 5mm heel-to-toe drop, which helps to slow down the speed of weight transfer onto the medial shin.

While they may look bulky, they are lightweight at 9.30oz.

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Physiotherapy with James McCormack

This is not medical advice. We recommend a consultation with a medical professional such as James McCormack. He offers Online Physiotherapy Appointments for £45.

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